I love this show but man, they're milking it this season, dragging it out to 21 episodes. Is that for a bigger audience? Enough, already. There were a number of episodes that didn't need to be in there.
Believe it nor not, this show has actually helped me in my own life. I'm fascinated by relationships and by what makes us work or not work. It's probably my favorite topic and what drives me. I've genuinely learned from this show, as from other dating shows, although this is more than dating!
I've learned more about behavior that works in relationships and I've evolved in knowing what to care about and when to let go and not try to control someone else.
The experts have grown over the seasons too. Whatever elements are TV and edited, decisions are being made and lived are being affected.
No matter how many survey questions are asked, real people meeting means elements that are unpredictable. It's hard to believe, for me, that the experts found Chris ready to be married. I can't get past that. Plus, they married him to the most amazing, open, beautiful, God-honoring woman ever in Paige. I feel terrible for Paige. It's hard to know if they manipulated the situation or if they were actually unaware of Chris' childishness and egotism that is just plain un-matchable IMO. Paige deserves an exceptional man, not someone who declares he's an exceptional man and behaves terribly again and again. She's the "real deal."
Same goes for Haley, sadly. She's so not ready for even a relationship, let alone marriage. It's so unfair to her partner, whoever he would be. It's hard to believe that didn't come out in her pre-screening. She's messing with someone's life and the guy should be allowed to get an annulment, as should Paige, although Paige is trying hard to stick it out.
I love being able to see people put themselves in the fire for love. Kudos to everyone involved who made this series come this far.